Route 105 resurfacing to start Aug. 25

Contractors will start a resurfacing project on Illinois Route 105 (Market Street) through Monticello on Monday, Aug. 25. The project will include patching, milling and bituminous resurfacing of the highway from Kratz Road to Ridings Drive, a span of 3.2 miles.

Public invited to meeting at Allerton Park

State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet), Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville), and State Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) will join with other local officials and area residents to meet with Allerton Park and University of Illinois administrators at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Registration for Parkland 13-week classes

While the deadline to enroll in Parkland College full-semester classes has passed, it is not too late for those who missed registering on time to enroll in a fall course. 
Students can still sign up for Parkland’s 13-week classes, which begin Sept. 8, and mid-semester classes, which begin Oct. 13.

Camera Club taking entries for photo contest

The Piatt County Camera Club is sponsoring a photo contest for non-professionals, with works to be displayed during the upcoming Monticellobration in Monticello.

Hazardous waste collection Sept. 27 in Monticello

Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett today announced household hazardous waste collections have been scheduled in six communities for the fall of 2014.

A one-day collection is included from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at 904 Allerton Road in Monticello.

Weighted classes remain at Bement High School

Bement High School will continue to weight a handful of advanced courses despite a different grading scale that starts with this school year.

Visitors bleachers to be replaced at Cerro Gordo

ew bleachers for the visitors side of the football field should be installed by the time the Broncos take the field in Cerro Gordo for their first home game on Sept. 12. That was the word from school Superintendent Brett Robinson, who updated school board members at a special meeting Aug. 13.

County receives clean audit

The Piatt County Board received a clean bill of financial health according to Steve Grohne of May, Cocagne and King, who prepared the counties most recent audit.

“It took a little longer than expected,” explained Grohne at the Aug. 13 meeting, “but we have already put measures into place that should speed the process up next year.”

Planning Commission wants alternatives to combo board

The Monticello Planning Commission would like the city to look at alternatives before it considers combining with the Zoning Board of Appeals.

City staff has recommended using the same seven people to serve on both boards in order to improve attendance and efficiency.

Golf carts on the way in Bement

Golf carts are officially coming to Bement streets.

After the issue was tabled last year due to state laws prohibiting golf carts from crossing state highways, the village board of Bement has approved a golf cart ordinance after Illinois law changed.

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